Buying a home in the Tri-Valley area? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade? But there are a lot of questions to be answered. Here are some of the most common from people moving to a bigger home. [Read more…]
The most recent and hottest trends in flooring are hard surface floors, but there are still many reasons to lay carpet in your home. Even if you don’t want carpet in every room of your home you might find you prefer the softness and insulation of carpet in some spaces. Today’s carpet choices are more varied and stylish than ever before. Some designers are even bringing carpet back into the style scene. You may be surprised what you find and just how stylish carpet can be. [Read more…]
This is a common concern right now; we’re scared to sell because we also have to turn around and buy. It’s a great time for agents because houses are selling so fast! Hey, wait a minute, not so fast. That’s not necessarily true because inventory is down, competition is extremely high, and a lot of homeowners are in the same situation, scared to sell because they have to turn around and buy. Sure, if you are a seller going to the rental market or moving to a different location altogether, selling is easy. Heck, you practically don’t even have to put a sign in the front yard before the home is sold (as long as it is priced correctly). [Read more…]
If you’re reading this article you’re probably already concerned with your carbon footprint. But, whether that’s turning off the lights when you leave the room or reducing your programmable thermostat when you’re not at home, telecommuting can still be a drain on your energy source. [Read more…]
If you’re in the market for a new home in San Ramon, a condominium can be a charming and convenient option. Condos are often less expensive to buy than houses or townhouses, and they can offer conveniences you might not otherwise be able to afford. Yet there are caveats to condo ownership, as well.
Five things to think about before buying a condo: [Read more…]
A lot of my clientele are over 50 years old and many of them are moving to the Bay area to retire, enjoy the waterfront and a more laid-back, peaceful way of life. However, some homebuyers are still reluctant about purchasing a home later in life. Is it scary? Are there negative connotations? How easy is it to buy a home after 50? [Read more…]
There is not a person we have met out there who does not want to be at their best health. Now more and more people are doing whatever they can to feel and look better and hopefully even younger. Luxury home buyers with busy schedules are now looking for homes that have amenities to help them on their health journeys right at home. [Read more…]
The summer is almost upon us and we are seeing beautiful weather around the Tri-Valley area. If you’re looking to update your home both inside and outside you might be looking at design trends, Pinterest boards and other places for inspiration and ideas. Here’s another place that you can find some of the five must have summer design trends for your home.
#1. Palm tree prints. Palm tree prints are everywhere right now and not just on tapestries and textiles. People are putting palm trees everywhere and even though we are in California, the Palm tree still gives a sense of relaxation and vacation. Consider putting palm leaves in a large glass vase on your dining room table or choosing palm trees on accent pillows, throws, and maybe in the texture of logs or wooden textiles. This is not necessarily a jungle theme, just a palm tree or palm leaf design accenting different parts of the house.#2. Flamingos. Okay, I know we are not in Florida, but California is kind of the next best thing. These are not the lawn ornaments of the 1970s; it’s the fun motive in wallpaper, accent pillows, and the color of the flamingo in general. Perhaps it’s a big bouquet of white in
#2. Flamingos. Okay, I know we are not in Florida, but California is kind of the next best thing. These are not the lawn ornaments of the 1970s; it’s the fun motive in wallpaper, accent pillows, and the color of the flamingo in general. Perhaps it’s a big bouquet of white and pink flowers that just touch on the idea of Flamingos or something even bolder like flamingo wallpaper!
#3. Rattan. Yep, rattan has made a comeback. This is not the 1970s throwback but a brand-new look. We’re talking about chairs, baskets and even patio furniture. In the past, this texture was confined to outdoor patios and balconies but today, this trend is popping up on the inside too. It’s also known as Manila, Manau, or Malacca and it’s a natural, woven technique that adds texture and richness to any room. Use it as an accent piece here were there without going overboard.
#4. Florals. Now, this is nothing new but they are trending in either 1960s throwback prints or bold floral prints on larger items such as couches and chairs. Vintage inspired floral patterns are definitely making a trendy comeback in many new homes. You might find them on window treatments, bedspreads or throw pillows.
#5. Fresh colors. Paint is always a good way to completely change the look and feel of an area. House Beautiful article stated that many colors painted in a bedroom can change the feeling or the sense that people get. Green and yellow make it easier for people to fall asleep whereas purple actually makes it harder for people to fall asleep. You might consider bright colors in bold rooms or muted colors in smaller rooms to make the room stand out.
These summer trends are perfect over the next few months as you enjoy both the inside and outside of your home. Consider carrying outside trends to the inside combining the two and elongating the living and entertaining space.
If you’re looking to sell your home, one or two of these accents might be ideal and then again, if you’re looking for a home with these items, give me a call today and I would be happy to pinpoint exactly what’s trending in your neighborhood.
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If you’re planning on buying or selling within the next couple of months throughout the San Ramon California area it’s important to know what the market is doing. As a professional real estate agent in this area, I keep close tabs on the market so I know when my buyers are overpaying and so I know exactly how to price a property to sell. I want my buyers to get the absolute most fair market value and save money on their purchases all the while offering my sellers the very most the market can bear. [Read more…]
San Ramon Housing Market – Homes for Sale and DOM
It’s May 2017 and let’s talk about the housing numbers for the local real estate market. There have been a lot of changes compared to just a couple months ago. There have been major changes just in the last month. If we look back to February there were 75 active homes for sale and 37 pending homes for sale. But, in March there were 94 active homes for sale, which represents a 25% increase in active homes since February. But pending home sales really skyrocketed. There were 85 pending homes for sale in March, a 230% increase month over month. Pending homes mean those that have already come under contract or have an accepted offer.
The days on the market have also changed dramatically. In February, the average days on the market were just 37 but in March that number dropped to 21.
This is great news for sellers. It is a great time to sell and homes are selling faster for higher prices than they did just a couple of months ago. If you are a buyer, there’s finally more inventory on the market and rates are still going strong.